We hear a lot about "faith to heal" but what about "faith to be sick?" We hear, "have faith to succeed," but what about "faith to be in last place?"
Check out this rockin verse.
"Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him." - Job 13:15
Job lost everything - his family, his stuff, his health. Job busts out a crazy faith in God that's the REAL DEAL. Job declares that even if God zaps him down for whatever reason, Job will STILL trust God and follow him.
WHAT A TRIP..
This past week, a very close person to me wrote a suicide note and prepared to end it all. Why? Because life got too difficult and uncertain. Financial problems, marital issues, health dilemas - and it was just too hard to cope. Even doing her best, everything was still falling apart. She landed herself in the emergency room from such intense stress and anxiety.
The type of faith that Job is touching on is genuine. Sure, trusting God will often times bring you prosperity and success. However, that is not the ESSENCE of faith. Real trust in God does not attempt to manipulate. Real trust in God holds up even when the world collapses down.
Even in the darkest and most depressing day, you and I can have this type of faith in God. Without faith, it is IMPOSSIBLE to please him. When Job said his piece (read it again at the top), Satan lost the game.
Remember those three godly dudes that wouldn't bow down to Nebuchadnezzar's golden idol? Nebuchadnezzar told the three of them that he would throw them into a huge furnace if they wouldn't bow down and worship the idol. Check out this JOB-LIKE FAITH in their response:
"Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up." (Dan. 3:16-18)
They CHOSE to trust God REGARDLESS of the outcome. "Tourched? Great. Deliverd? Great. Whatever God chooses is cool with us so we're just gunna trust him."
Lately, I've been going through some pretty dark days. Everything is up in the air. Many difficult decisions have been made and troubling conversations have taken place. I don't understand why certain stuff has happened in my life. No matter what does or does not happen, God wants me to trust him..
AND GOD WANTS SOMETHING FROM YOU TODAY.
He wants you to trust him. Just trust him.
You may love God but do you trust him? Trust is a greater compliment than love. Ever seen a relationship where there is love but not trust? Those types of relationships absolutely suck.
The greatest compliment you can give to your God today is to tell him that you ABSOLUTELY trust him. That is what God wants from you and me while we're going through crap and unsure what the hell is going on. If you're not trusting, you'll have restless nights and be full of anxiety. However, trust annihilates anxiety.
So how do we trust God?
First, just give up. You won't find peace and serenity until you surrender. Give up trying to control your situation and surrender the outcome to God.
Next, be content with whatever you have and wherever you are. Be cool with where you're living, who you're married to, the job you work at. Want whatever you get and nothing more. Be thankful for exactly what you have because that's what God has hooked you up with.
Finally, realize that God gives his best to us when we come to him with NO agenda and NO demands. Try it. Have a quick chat with the Father and tell him that you absolutely and totally trust him. Tell him that you don't care what the outcome is and that you simply give it up to him to figure out. And mean it. Suddenly, you and I will be able to have incredible peace and serenity regardless of our circumstances.
"Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him."